The Utah Utes entered the season with Joe Williams as the starting back. However, following Tuesday’s practice, Williams announced he will be retiring from football.
Williams explained his decision to retire, citing multiple injuries leading to a loss of desire to play the game.
“Knowing how my body’s been these past couple months, where I’m at mentally and physically, I’m not at the point where I can compete at the level I need to for the team and everybody,” Williams said, via Kyle Goon of The Salt Lake Tribune.
“I feel as though this is the right decision. I’m going to miss it, of course. These guys are my family and [I] love these boys to death. But it’s for the best interests.”
Without Williams moving forward, the Utes’ backfield will consist of junior Troy McCormick and freshman Zack Moss.
Williams finishes his career with 552 yards and three touchdowns.
The Utes, meanwhile, return to action this weekend against San Jose State as they look to advance to 3-0 on the year.
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